I have to say, I was really excited for Cosmos to come back but man did that first episode leave me feeling like I'm past that point now.
In the first episode we have 20 minutes pissed away talking about a guy who didn't do anything except have a dream about space, and another 15 minutes on cheesy CGI of his stupid penis shaped spaceship obscuring cheesy cgi of other things.
I'm a little confused on how they had the budget for reflective space ship, CG frogdile and an animated Space Jesus, but couldn't spend one ounce of the budget on dinosaurs. Besides, we all know dinos live today - just look at a bird and you'll see one.
I really took issue with how much whining there was about being persecuted hundreds of years ago. No matter how much they want to focus on it, they aren't going to convince modern day opponents to relent on that. So a lot less focus could have been placed on that ad more time could have been spent in Space.
Look, I'll be the last person to actually defend the church. I'm a pretty strong Atheist, but let's give some credit where credit is due. Around that time the Vatican Astronomers were actually doing some really cool stuff towards the advancement of science.
The writing for the episode was untrue and written for no one but smug ass internet atheist who do shit like that stupid graph marking the 'dark ages' as irrevocable harm done to science by the broad concept of "the evil church"
Besides that, Bruno being executed for that belief is objectively wrong. If they were going to play the oppressed scientist by the evil church card, maybe they could have actually gone with the facts and not made Bruno out to be space Jesus.
Bruno, if you want to know, was executed because he denied that Jesus WAS God. The Holy Trinity and all that shit. Which is a pretty big thing to say when you're a Dominican Friar. It wasn't having to do with anything space related.
It's actually funny when you think about how a lot of the advances and theories in science came from Catholic priests and monks. So it was really unneeded to do those brush strokes painting the church in such a fashion. Worst yet, could they have found someone besides Seth MacFarlane to voice Bruno. I don't want to think of him having anything to do with this, and when the dog from Family Guy pops in as a historic figure, I can't help but say fuck it.
The sad part is that the right will be more pissed that Obama came on before it started and that Neil said "Sex" than they will ever be about getting the religious stuff right.
If you really want to see some real space video footage and not the CGI stuff, next weekend NASA and National Geographic are doing a Live from Space 2 hour Television event. It's a live stream of an orbit of earth from the international Space Station. Here's a little bit about it.
On March 14, 2014, the National Geographic Society, in association with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), will be presenting its special “Live from Space” at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
The special will be broadcasting in real-time (live) from the $100-billion International Space Station (ISS) and the Mission Control Center (MCC) in Houston, Texas.
I'm not saying that I won't watch Cosmos, but man, I feel like the promises of that first episode let me down badly.